Like in 2013, the 2016 Giro features a long rolling time trial on stage nine, which should suit Dowsett's skillset, and with Movistar's other main time triallists Adriano Malori and Jonathan Castroviejo out with injury Dowsett could get the nod.
Movistar's main aim in the race, though, will be to support Alejandro Valverde to victory in his first Giro d'Italia. The final squad will be named after the Tour de Romandie, which ends on May 1.
Movistar shortlist for Giro d'Italia
Alejandro Valverde, Alex Dowsett, Andrey Amador, Giovanni Visconti, Jasha Sutterlin, Rory Sutherland, Antonio Pedrero, Jose Joaquin Rojas, Jesus Herrada, Javi Moreno, Ruben Fernandez.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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